Raw sewage flowing into the Sao Conrado beach-an upmarket area which is unsafe to swim due to sanitation problems
Raw sewage flowing into the Sao Conrado beach-an upmarket area which is unsafe to swim due to sanitation problems

Two social enterprises in Kenya and Rwanda have secured new funding to improve access to affordable sanitation services to low-income urban dwellers.

A statement from multilateral agencies and philanthropies behind the new funding issued on Thursday said that Sanivation of Kenya and Pivot Works from Rwanda will each receive 290,000 U.S. dollars and 1 million dollars respectively to promote access to basic sanitation in low-income urban settlements.

The two enterprises are part of five projects spread across Africa, Asia and Latin America that will benefit from a multi-million financing program called Urban Sanitation Challenge launched at the ongoing UN General Assembly to address global sanitation crises.

“New funding from the Urban Sanitation Challenge will enable Sanivation, a social enterprise, to scale up its sanitation services in Naivasha, Kenya, reaching 2,500 users with affordable and serviceable toilets,” read the statement.

Sanivation has been installing modern and hygienic container based toilets in Naivasha residential premises for free and only charges a modest monthly fee to service them.

The social enterprise pioneered conversion of human waste into high-performing fuel briquettes hence reducing environmental pollution in the resort town located 70 kilometers northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

On its part, the Pivot Works of Rwanda pioneered innovative management of human waste in the Rwandan capital Kigali by converting it into renewable fuel.

The new funding will enable the social enterprise to scale up its sanitation services to an estimated 700,000 low-income Kigali residents.

“Pivot works will refine its fecal sludge conversion process and extend operations of its pit latrine emptying service citywide, reaching a capacity to empty 12,000 pits annually,” noted the statement. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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